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Verses of 1 Corinthians 12

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1 Corinthians 12:31 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

31. But covet earnestly ] So Tyndale. Sue, Wiclif. Sectamini, Calvin. Perhaps, desire eagerly. Literally, be envious, or Jealous of. Aemulamini, Vulg. Cf. Act 7:9; Act 17:5, and ch. 1Co 13:4. It is translated zealously affect in Gal 4:17-18. It perhaps implies an indirect rebuke of the envy felt by many Corinthians for those who possessed the best gifts. It is as though St Paul had said, “if you are envious at all, be envious for the gifts, not of those who have received them.”

the best gifts ] Some copies read the greater gifts (see note on 1Co 12:4). The best gifts were (see ch. 14.) those which were most calculated to promote the edification of the Church. But they were also precisely those (see next chapter and Gal 5:22), which so far from being peculiar to the individual, were within the reach of all Christians alike.

Ch. 1Co 12:31 Ch. 1Co 13:13. The Excellencies of Love

and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way ] Literally, and furthermore I shew you an eminently excellent way, i.e. the way of love, described in the words that follow. This was the secret which could reconcile an ardent desire for the best gifts with contentment with what one had; which could harmonize the various powers of the individual members of the Church for the general good. Calvin complains, and not without cause, of the “inepta capitis sectio” here. The words at the head of this note belong to what follows, rather than to what goes before.

Verses of 1 Corinthians 12

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1 Corinthians 12:31 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

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1 Corinthians 12:31 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

1 Corinthians 12:31 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

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1 Corinthians 12:31 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

1 Corinthians 12:31 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

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1 Corinthians 12:31 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

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